MINICAR TRANSIT SYSTEM (FINAL REPORT)

THE MINICAR TRANSIT SYSTEM (MTS) CONSISTS OF A SET OF TERMINALS, LOCATED AT MANY POINTS THROUGHOUT AN URBAN SERVICE AREA, AND A FLEET OF SPECIALLY DESIGNED SMALL-CAR VEHICLES. THE USER HAS A CREDIT CARD WITH AN IDENTIFICATION NUMBER WHICH ALLOWS HIM TO RENT A MINICAR AT ANY ONE OF THE TERMINALS FOR A SINGLE TRIP, OR FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, AFTER WHICH HE CAN DROP THE MINICAR OFF AT THAT OR ANY OTHER TERMINAL. THE TIMES AND LOCATIONS OF THE CHECKING OUT AND CHECKING IN OF VEHICLES ARE RECORDED AND TRANSFERRED, VIA AN INFORMATION SYSTEM, TO A CENTRAL FACILITY. ADDITIONAL DATA, COLLECTED AUTOMATICALLY DURING CHECK-IN AND CHECK-OUT PROCEDURES, WILL BE USED TO PROGRAM MAINTENANCE WORK AND TO INDICATE THE NEED FOR REDISTRIBUTION OF VEHICLES AMONG THE TERMINALS TO MEET DEMAND. MOST MINICAR OPERATIONS WILL TAKE PLACE IN URBAN AREAS. CONSEQUENTLY, THE MTS WILL SERVE MOSTLY RELATIVELY SHORT TRIPS; REQUIREMENTS FOR MINIMUM PARKING SPACE AND REDUCTION IN EXHAUST POLLUTION ARE OF PARTICULAR IMPORTANCE. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT THE MTS IS TECHNOLOGICALLY FEASIBLE. A PROTOTYPE VEHICLE WAS DEVELOPED WHICH INCORPORATES A NUMBER OF NEW SOLUTIONS AND CONCEPTUALLY SATISFIES ALL THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS OF SPECIALIZED SERVICE. IT HAS A LENGTH APPROXIMATELY HALF THAT OF CONVENTIONAL VEHICLES, A VERY LOW WHEEL-BASE/TREAD RATIO, AND A HYBRID POWER TRAIN WITH LOW LEVELS OF POLLUTANT EMISSIONS. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO PR-MTD-8
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Pennsylvania Law School

    3400 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA  USA  19104
  • Publication Date: 1970

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00242034
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1982 12:00AM